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Jobs at The Mary Rose

We're always looking for volunteers, but we also sometimes have career opportunities too.

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 Grants Manager

Salary: circa £35K, depending on experience

Hours: 37 hours per week (usually Monday-Friday) / permanent


The Mary Rose is King Henry VIII’s flagship, sunk in 1545 and dramatically rediscovered, excavated and raised in 1982.  The ship and her unique collection of Tudor artefacts are now on display in a world-class, award-winning museum in Portsmouth.

The museum has attracted over 1.8m visitors since 2013 and is now working towards becoming a ‘Must Experience British Icon’.  The Mary Rose is seeking to appoint a new Grants Manager who will be responsible for growing income from grant giving bodies & Trusts and Foundations, as well as assisting with individual giving, in support of this ambitious strategy.

To succeed in this role, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • At least three years’ fundraising experience
  • Clear evidence of researching and writing of successful applications to a wide range of Trusts & Foundations/ grant giving bodies
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with good attention to detail
  • Experience of working with, and motivating, supporters and volunteers
  • Experience of planning & delivering events
  • Good interpersonal, relationship building and influencing skills
  • Experience of individual giving

Working in a small team, you will be self-motivated and organised with the ability to time manage, handle changing priorities and to work to tight deadlines.  Proactive and results driven, you will be a team player with a creative approach to fundraising and supporter engagement.

This is a unique opportunity to make the difference for a national icon.  To apply, please either visit the link below, or submit your CV and supporting statement as soon as possible to info@charismarecruitment.co.uk quoting reference JO1585.

For any further information, please contact Philippa Bryant, Recruitment Consultant on 01962 813300.

Closing date for applications: 13 November 2018

Interview date: TBC late November/ early December 2018




Join our award-winning team of volunteers

‘Being a volunteer is a privilege to be able to share knowledge of the Mary Rose to a large variety of visitors from all over the World.  It is interesting, fun and tremendously satisfying to be part of the team.’

Buggy Driver


We are currently recruiting a number of new Volunteer Buggy Drivers to assist those with mobility needs by driving between the entrance of the Historic Dockyard and the Mary Rose.  As a member of our team, full training will be provided.

One of our regular drivers had the following to say about driving the buggy: -

‘I had recently retired and was looking for an interest to fill my time.  I volunteer for the Mary Rose Museum as a buggy driver two days a week days.  It has given me the opportunity to meet visitors from all over the World and all walks of life.  I love to chat to them and listen to their enthusiasm regarding their Mary Rose experience.’

If you are over the age of 21, hold a full, clean driving licence, interested in volunteering at the Mary Rose and available from 09:45am-17:30 for at least one day each week, we would love to hear from you.

Welcome Volunteers


Work alongside our friendly Guest Relations Team at the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, you will meet and greet visitors and engage with them in making the most of their visit, including signposting to what is on that day.  You will also have the opportunity to assist with manning the information desk.

As part of our training scheme you will undergo an initial induction and full support and ongoing training will also be provided.

Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us, are aged over the age of 16 and available from 09:45am-17:30 for at least one day each week we would like to hear from you. 

Fill out this form, and let us know you are interested. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch within a few days.